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Threshold: Tenuous Proposition of

As has been the case for the last couple of years, this latest issue of Bombay Gin is thematic; yet this time around, that theme—“lunatic,” as the printer Wesley Tanner suggests in his interview—offers, posits, positions itself contingently. Threshold: a location with the tenuousness of proposition.

We chose to leave the threshold various, unstructured by classification or catalog but subject to its natural patterns:  four interviews—all conducted during the 2011 Summer Writing Program between Bombay Gin associate editors from the Jack Kerouac School and SWP writing and printing faculty—anchor the content. We have chosen to pair creative work—textual and visual—with the interviews and then to fill the matrix with the clay of individual pieces by some of our favorite writers. The section concludes with three poems and a lecture presented by Ana Božičević at the 2011 SWP and eventually available in the Naropa Audio Archives.  Then, as has been our custom, we end the issue with six book reviews, this time written exclusively by former and current JKS students.

It has been a pleasure to observe patterns form as if they operated within our design. That is, you will notice that some writers respond deliberately to the question of threshold, while for others the threshold is accidental—a silly word, “accidental,” because by tracking the presence of something, one, of course, engenders it.  Yet, these patterns strongly suggest a shared self-consciousness and anxiety about our unique moment in history, as if this moment is itself a threshold.

In early February, we will release Bombay Gin 38.1. Stay tuned for details regarding our release party. Until then, check out the writers who we will feature:

Vanessa Place
Lily Hoang
Dodie Bellamy
Ronaldo Wilson
Bhanu Kapil
DJ Spooky
Colin Frazer
Lara Durback
Julia Seko
Wesley Tanner
Christina Mengert
Erin  Morrill
Thurston Moore
Ana Božičević

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Move Over Barthes This Author’s Not Dead: Fantasy Threshold Cocktail Party

Issue 38.1 of Bombay Gin is featuring companion pieces from writers as a publishing expression of threshold; our theme.

Interviews, creative work, prints, lectures, essays, and more will be lining the pages as contiguous points of entry.  I, in turn, thought it would be fun to play hostess on this blog and pose questions between the writers that will be read between our lovely Bombay Gin pages.

Invitation: You—right now—theme is threshold, read accordingly, BYOB—welcome…

Vanessa Place & Colin Frazer: if Helvetica is the font of the mass message—the public space—what is the font of anonymous publication: what does anonymous look like in serifs and scripts?

Lily Hoang & Vanessa Place: pronouns as possession, permission, and binary—how do you flip your pronouns in writing without installing another duality?  In Evolutionary Revolution our values, our history, is rewritten—or perhaps, first written in this turn—Vanessa as publisher and Lily as writer, is this a template for discourse remediation in the world?  What thresholds are crossed in breaking glass, water, word, and light?

Lily Hoang & Thurston Moore: you say you want a revolution: in what compositional units would you measure writing’s evolution: notes, words, scales, breaths, shes, sentences, frets, paragraphs, lines, breaks, codas, space, story, chapter, track, kindle, disc, paper, room?  What thresholds do you cross when entering the page?

Bhanu Kapil & Thurston Moore: what is the sound of schizophrene?

Bhanu Kapil & Kirsten Kaschock: if you could build an architecture together what would it move like?  Where would you bury it and how would it grow?  If “sleight” is a western “purity” and palmistry and eastern divinity what would happen if your characters held hands—an architecture of.

Thank you all for coming and have a lovely day 😉

Kristen

*Revolution–the Beatles

**Actually, I deeply love and respect Roland Barthes and I don’t want him to go anywhere: a man who writes about jouissance just lends his spirit to play.

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